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where is home?

Emily Oster


I was lacking inspiration for today's blog post when I remembered TED. TED talks are an amazing and uplifting resource for me both personally and professionally. I listened to them a lot in between grad school and when I started "working". I put "working" in quotes as I try not to think of how I spend the majority of my time as work - something I learned from viewing Tina Roth Eisenberg's talk at this year's SXSW Interactive Conference. Eisenberg's talk is one of my favorites and I highly recommend it. However, it is 54 minutes long which is much more of a commitment than most TED talks which average 20 minutes.

Today, I want to share Pico Iyer's talk entitled Where is Home? . Iyer is a renowned travel writer who has written ten books largely about the juxtaposition of local traditions and global pop culture. However, his TED talk is less about his writings and more about his personal journey of understanding where home is. I don't want to give to much away as I think everyone should listen to it themselves (maybe on your lunch break?) but I will share the closing lines of his talk. 

"And home, in the end, is of course not just the place where you sleep. It's the place where you stand" (Iyer).